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post #11 of 15 Old 03-20-2013, 01:01 PM
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Deserthorsewoman and Chevaux are right. We have a lot of barn cats they have an old roaster full of kibble and get kitty friendly table scraps (waste not want not) and there is never a mouse seen around the entire farm. Happy cats see it almost as a duty to patrol and eliminate more than unhappy hungry ones. Ours aren't the petting kind except for ol'momma. So none are a nuisance to have around. And I have watched and counted the girls out catching gophers - each one got at least 3 a day. We have neighbors that couldn't believe that, they weren't feeding their cats and couldn't understand how come they were over run with mice - seen ours - started feeding and whaalaa!
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post #12 of 15 Old 03-20-2013, 01:12 PM
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Our barn cats are fed every evening, in our feed room. They hang out there, which prevents the mice from taking over (I don't recall the last time we've had a chewed grain bag). They think people come to the barn to pet them.

We have one excellent, active hunter, and the rest just kind of snag things when they run across them. :p
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post #13 of 15 Old 03-20-2013, 01:28 PM
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Our barn cat is fed daily and she seems to do a pretty good job of catching the critters. She actually caught a baby bunny once and was just laying in the middle of the aisle with it at her feet. There were no puncture wounds or anything on the baby so we released him near our house where there wouldn't be any cats. She's lazy and loves pets. I think her and Henny have a secret romance going on, though.
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post #14 of 15 Old 03-20-2013, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by wetrain17 View Post
So based on your two posts, which is more efficient, hunting for sport or survival?
In this case definitely for sport. More time to hunt when they don't have to eat them, clean themselves and contemplate if it was a fast-food-, home-cooked-, or gourmet-mouse....
My observations over the years are barns mouse free, when cats are fed there, and hunting outside for gifts. Somehow the mouse population knows when there are active cats around and leave. My barn-momma-cats would hunt inside for a couple of days, then go to work outside due to lack of prey. I had one bring a very dead, stiff, flat rat once, making the most disgusted face while carrying it, cause she couldn't find anything for her babies who were in "mousing school".

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post #15 of 15 Old 03-21-2013, 12:58 AM
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My two cats are well fed and I still get presents bought for me. Mice, rats, cockroaches, lizards... they are very good hunters. :)
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